How to Address a Major General

—___—–For a Major General and Spouse see Couple, Military

Major General, USA, USAF, USMC

—-Envelope or address block on an official letter or email:

—-—-Major General (Full Name), USA/USAF/USMC

——–—-MG (Full Name), USA

—-—-—-Maj Gen (Full Name), USAF

——–—-MajGen (Full Name), USMC

—-Envelope, social:
—-—-Major General (Full Name)
See also social forms for military couples

—-Letter salutation:
—-—-Dear General (Surname):

—-—-General (Surname)

—-Each service has service-specific abbreviations for its ranks. Both spelling out and using service-specific abbreviations are correct. If you are looking for more detailed information, look in my book: I get into it all there.   How to address a major general

—-See also General, Lieutenant General and Brigadier General.

— Robert Hickey

How to Address a Retired Major General?

I would like to write a note of condolence to a retired Maj. General. What salutation do I use to start the letter with? How do I address the envelope? T
________________– Joan Gillman

Dear Ms. Gillman:

You need the social form for a note of condolence. For a social letter Department of Defense (DoD) guides suggest ‘full rank’ without the ‘branch of service’ or ‘Retired.’

—–Social envelope is the ‘full rank’:
—–—–Major General (Full Name)

—–Salutation is the just the ‘basic rank’:
—–—–Dear General (Surname):

– Robert Hickey

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"

When Should You Use the Forms on this Page?

You can use these forms of address for any mode of communication: addressing a letter, invitation, card or Email. (If there are differences between the official and social forms of address, I will have mentioned the different forms.)  The form noted in the salutation is the same form you say when you say their name in conversation or when you greet them.

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—-#2)  If you don’t see the official you seek included or your question answered send me an e-mail. I am pretty fast at sending a reply: usually the next day or so (unless I am traveling.)  Note: I don’t have mailing or Email addresses for any of the officials and I don’t keep track of offices that exist only in history books.

—-#3)  If I think your question is of interest to others, Sometimes I post the question  – but always change all the specifics.

— Robert Hickey 

Robert Hickey author of "Honor & Respect"